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IM Keaton Kiewra just finished a marathon of chess tournaments, and he is back with a new lesson on how to use one of Black’s most aggressive openings to play a stronger opponent.
Learn how Keaton took on the tournament’s top seed as Black in this sharp and popular Sicilian Dragon. | Watch video
GM Jon Ludvig Hammer shows you one of the most spectacular games he has ever played — and this game has it all.
Hammer faces Veselin Topalov, and the Norwegian sacrifices a piece for a furious queenside attack.
The fireworks continue all game as Topalov first shows his defensive prowess and then his endgame technique.
The tragedy? Hammer makes a terrible blunder on his last move that turns what would have been a fighting draw into an instant loss.
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Reports of Magnus Carlsen’s downfall were slightly premature.
The world chess champion won everything worth winning in London, and ChessCenter has your full report. Did you know that Magnus also appeared with Muhammad Ali and Maria Sharapova? Where was it? Watch to find out.
Stick around for the move and blunder of the week, both taken from an endgame that will be in chess books for centuries. | Watch video
Mikhail Tal is famous for his spectacular king hunts, but not all of them were in the middlegame.
Sometimes the great master went after the opponent’s king even with most of the pieces cleared off the board — and he was no less deadly.
GM Alex Yermolinsky delivers an endgame lesson to remind you that against Tal, your king was never safe. | Watch video
GM Jon Ludvig Hammer is back with another lesson from Norway Chess, and this time his opponent is a 2016 world champion candidate, Fabiano Caruana.
Watch how GM Hammer uses his b-pawn to influence the center and secure a draw with the black pieces against the American superstar. | Watch video
GM Yermolinsky is back with another look at the subtle genius of Mikhail Tal’s endgame play.
While the great world champion was rightfully known for his ferocious and sacrificial attacks, he was also a master of the endgame, as Uncle Yermo explains in this lesson.
Watch how Tal finesses a beautiful opposite-colored bishop endgame to secure the full point. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams thinks all amateur chess players make preventable mistakes — even space aliens.
The best way to stop mistakes before they happen is to sense the danger building up in the position. GM Williams examines his own games to illustrate this concept and to show you how to spot dangerous mistakes before it’s too late.
Watch this video and learn how to miss fewer and fewer crucial moments in chess. | Watch video
“Something is not right” with Magnus Carlsen, says returning ChessCenter guest and TV2 Norway chess reported Kaja Marie Snare. Find out what she thinks is going on with the world champion in an exclusive segment.
Stick around for all the latest news from the London Chess Classic and the leadership crisis at FIDE.
Don’t miss some brilliant analysis by GM Max Dlugy and the moves of the week. | Watch video
GM Simon Williams continues his series on club-player-level mistakes, dealing today with an all-too-familiar demon: lazy calculation.
Sometimes lazy calculation can be an excuse for playing too passively, which compounds the error and ensures losing chess.
Learn how to go the extra step and calculate more completely and your rating will skyrocket. | Watch video
GM Yermo takes a look at the best endgames from one of the most inspirational chess players ever, Mikhail Tal.
In this lesson, see how Tal masterfully handled a tricky bishop-vs-knight endgame — a topic applicable not only to grandmasters but players of every level. | Watch video